On December 26, 1957, Father Augustine Fuentes interviewed Sister Lucy at her convent in Coimbra, Portugal. Later, with an imprimatur and the approbation of the Bishop of Fatima, Father Fuentes published the following revelations concerning the Third Secret, revealed to him by Sister Lucy during that interview:
Extract of Interview with Sister Lucy
Father, the Most Holy Virgin is very sad because no one has paid any attention to Her message, neither the good nor the bad. The good continue on their way but without giving any importance to Her message. The bad, not seeing the punishment of God actually falling upon them, continue their life of sin without even caring about the message. But believe me, Father, God will chastise the world and this will be in a terrible manner. The punishment from Heaven is imminent.
Father, how much time is there before 1960 arrives? It will be very sad for everyone, not one person will rejoice at all if beforehand the world does not pray and do penance. I am not able to give any other details because it is still a secret….
This is the third part of the Message of Our Lady, which will remain secret until 1960.
Tell them, Father, that many times the most Holy Virgin told my cousins Francisco and Jacinta, as well as myself, that many nations will disappear from the face of the earth. She said that Russia will be the instrument of chastisement chosen by Heaven to punish the whole world if we do not beforehand obtain the conversion of that poor nation.
Father, the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Blessed Virgin. And the devil knows what it is that most offends God and which in a short space of time will gain for him the greatest number of souls. Thus, the devil does everything to overcome souls consecrated to God, because in this way, the devil will succeed in leaving the souls of the faithful abandoned by their leaders, thereby the more easily will he seize them.
That which afflicts the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Heart of Jesus is the fall of religious and priestly souls. The devil knows that religious and priests who fall away from their beautiful vocation drag numerous souls to hell…. The devil wishes to take possession of consecrated souls. He tries to corrupt them in order to lull to sleep the souls of lay people and thereby lead them to final impenitence.1 (For the entire text of the interview, see “Silencing of the Messengers: Father Fuentes (1959 – 1965)“.
The text quoted above is extremely grave. While Sister Lucy’s words recall the essence of the first two parts of the Secret of Fatima (see “The First Part” and “The Second Part“), she also speaks of new themes. These new themes are very probably related to the Third Secret (see “The Third Part“), and are in fact the same themes that notable Fatima scholars, including Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité, have concluded are contained within the real Third Secret of Fatima.
In addition, Sister Lucy’s apprehension concerning the world’s future – for the “imminent” “punishment from Heaven” – is both striking and revealing. For a more thorough discussion of the Third Secret themes that Sister Lucy brought out in this interview with Father Fuentes, see “The Real Third Secret“.
- Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité, The Whole Truth About Fatima, Volume III: The Third Secret, (Immaculate Heart Publications, Buffalo, New York, 1990) pp. 504-505; from the original Spanish text published by Alonso, Rev. Joaquin, La verdad sobre el Segreto de Fatima, English translation; The Secret of Fatima: Fact and Legend, Ravengate Books, 1979, pp. 103-106.